Gratitude ~ Author Jeffery Martin


For some reason you saw

past the slumped shoulders

and downcast eyes,

and instead fixed your gaze

upon the smile which hid just behind my eyes


For some reason you saw

beyond the ashy, bruised skin

to the heart of the matter

and although abuse colored my world

in your classroom, the rainbow shone beautifully

and sun warmed the cold parts


In your presence

I was capable of anything

and fifth grade held that magic

because you chose to teach beyond assignments

and reach down to a scared black child with love

telling him through words and deeds

that the world was anticipating his smile


Dedicated to Mr. Quamma –  Who never forgot to tell me I was special.

© Jeffery Martin

Weapon of Choice

Excerpt from the book Weapon of Choice

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20645101_10210024379835016_6687973742195305575_oAbout the Author

Author Jeffery Martin has written 10 books and contributed poetry to 7 anthologies. “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival ‘Best Book of Poetry’ and honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and London Book Festival. Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book is “Jus Sayin” released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.

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